Sunday, August 19, 2007

Mackford Prairie Barn

This is a wonderful old barn on the Mackford Prairie,which is a sand prairie in central WIsconsin. Although you can't see it here, it has wonderful carving around its roof, and until a couple of months ago it had an ox yoke high on its wall. When you stand next to it, it is absolutely huge. There were Swiss farmers and also farmers from England living in the Mackford township. My mom remembers the Swiss had brought their Alpen horns and in the evenings they would play them. The sound would echo for miles across the prairie and she said it was wonderful to hear.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


This is my mom who is 96 and has Alzheimer's. Her name is Ruth and I'm her caregiver. I have become an expert on the making of her favorite foods, especially puddings! If you take 2 cups of milk, heat it on the stove, then add 1/3 cup semolina flour, 1/2 cup sugar and cook until thickened, take it off the stove, add grated lemon peel and 1tsp.vanilla, you will have a pudding that is really nummy.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

White Roses

This is oil on canvas on board and is about 5"x5"(12.7x 12.7 cm.) These only bloom in spring and are really pretty when the do bloom. They smell good, too.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Small skull

A small skull of a squirrel I found in the rubble of my Grandpa's burned-down wood shop. Grandpa was a wonderful carpenter, and hand built wooden hunting skiffs. I can still remember him steaming and bending the wood to fit the sides of a boat.
This painting is oil on canvas on board and measures 3x5 inches(7.6x12.7 cm.)

Its Spring!

I found these in a garden center, nestled in the Astilbe.